Carnegie Mellon University

Graduate Colloquia

The Graduate Colloquium is a graduate student organized series of events that reflect cutting edge scholarship in a variety of fields associated with literary and culture studies. Each semester the colloquium invites nationally and internationally renowned scholars to campus, organizes panel discussions and a lunch time reading group. In recent years, the series has hosted scholars such as Sharon Marcus and Stephen Best, Jason Moore, and Bhaskar Sunkara.

Literary and Cultural Studies Graduate Colloquia

Monday, November 11, 2019

4:30 p.m., Baker Hall 255 B

Laurie Ouellette, Professor of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, will be presenting a public lecture entitled “Fake President: Telemorphosis and the Performance of Grotesque Power."

 February, 2020

Joseph Roach, Professor Emeritus of English and Theatre at Yale University, will be presenting a public lecture entitled “Fashionable Enemies: Glamour as Argument, 1780-1820.” Professor Roach’s talk will be co-sponsored by the Center for the Arts in Society and the School of Drama. More information about this exciting event will be announced in January.


Rhetoric Graduate Colloquia

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Derek Mueller, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Disciplinary Rustle, Phantasmagoria and Fugue

As an academic discipline matures, what forms of evidence attest to its well-being? To its vulnerability? Taking the field of Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies as a case, the presentation first acknowledges terminal turns, precarity and disturbance, accounting for these phenomena by inventorying disciplinary “gones”—or marked termini. With this as basis for phantasmagoria, or gatherings of ghosts, I will describe this inventory as a fugue data set, due to its denoting dissipation, loss of self-awareness, and something slipping away. Finally, I will assert that gone-noting and the curation of fugue data sets is a crucial function of network sense and that, as such, it must, if the field chances lasting, persist among the epistemological charges of graduate education.

April, 2020

Karma Chávez, University of Texas - Austin